[SPOKANE, Wash.] Visit Spokane, the region’s destination marketing organization, announced today that President and CEO Meg Winchester has submitted her retirement. Taking the helm in 2019, Winchester led the organization through some of the most challenging times in tourism and hospitality history.
“I didn’t make this decision lightly. Working with the Visit Spokane team through a pandemic was difficult yet inspiring. I’m proud of the entire team,” Winchester said. “It’s been a wild ride and one I’m thankful to have been on.”
Winchester closes out a 30-year, distinguished career in the tourism industry. Getting her start at the San Diego Convention Center, she worked her way up to Director of the Galveston Island Visitors & Convention Bureau in Texas before taking her current position at Visit Spokane.
“I came to Spokane not knowing what to expect. Imagine my delight when I realized what a welcoming place this is,” Winchester said. “I’ll forever love this beautiful city and am so sorry to say goodbye, but it’s time to move on and enjoy my retirement.”
A search is underway for a new Visit Spokane President and CEO.
“While I am happy Meg will be able to travel and enjoy more time with her family and friends after a long and very successful career, her leaving Visit Spokane is a loss,” said Visit Spokane Board Chair Meg Miller. “Please join me in thanking Meg for leading us through the hardest days in our industry’s history while building relationships in our community that positively impacted the business environment.”
Winchester’s last day with Visit Spokane will be January 1, 2023.